Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Sustainable Literacy

  • Krystal M. PerkinsEmail author
  • David Zepeda
  • Luis Velazquez
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63951-2_231-1

Introduction

Sustainable literacy appears in the literature as sustainable development literacy, literacy for sustainable development, and/or sustainability literacy. Sustainable literacy is generally conceived as an understanding of sustainability and the identification and translation of issues that have sustainability implications. Although the concept has been around since 1987, it took prominence in higher education institutions during the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). Recently, sustainable literacy has been identified as a core pillar for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

The paper outlines the emergence of sustainable literacy as a concept. The next section first provides an overview and formal definition of sustainable literacy. Specifically, how the term literacy fits with sustainability to form the concept of sustainable literacy is discussed. The following section details the conceptual genesis of sustainable literacy and how it...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krystal M. Perkins
    • 1
    Email author
  • David Zepeda
    • 2
  • Luis Velazquez
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyPurchase College, SUNYNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Sustainability Graduate Program, Industrial Engineering DepartmentUniversity of SonoraSonoraMexico

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium